Crossing my Facebook radar on Peachridge Glass today was a link to the Paperweight Collectors Association page. Of course, this led me to some further searches to develop this post. We have a few paperweights but really don’t know too much about them except that they caught our attention over the years and they are proudly displayed on tables throughout the house. Two locations in our house are pictured below.
[Wikipedia] Fine glass paperweights, are widely produced, collected and appreciated as works of art, and are often exhibited in museums as examples of fine glass art. They are made entirely of glass by sole artisans, or factories, usually in limited editions. They first began to be produced, especially in France, in about 1845, but began a sustained revival and rise in popularity in the middle of the twentieth century.
The Paperweight Collectors Association, Inc. (PCA, Inc) is a non-profit organization dedicated to appreciating and collecting glass paperweights. For a half-century, the PCA, Inc has championed the study and collecting of antique, vintage, and contemporary glass paperweights. The mission of the PCA, Inc is to promote education: to increase knowledge about paperweights, their creators, and the astounding glass medium from which they are created.
The PCA, Inc. consists of a convivial group of contemporary artists, dealers, collectors, libraries, and museums from around the globe. The interest in glass paperweights is the common thread that binds the membership: many of our members are just starting out with a few paperweights while others have established collections numbering in the thousands. There is something for every collector in terms of taste and budget. It is the variety and diversity of glass paperweights that make them so interesting to collect!
I have posted a few pictures of some vintage paperweights…